Latin America: Political Pamphlets

Scope and Content

Journals, pamphlets, leaflets, bulletins, handbooks, reports, congress reports, charters, academic papers issued by Amnesty International; Carrefour International; Congreso Latinoamericano de Trabajadores; Centro Libre de Experimentacin Teatral y Artstica; Comisin Evanglica Latinoamericana de Educacin Cristiana; Conferencia Cristiana por la Paz de Amrica Latina y el Caribe; Conferencia realizada por el Centro de Economa Mundial y Pases en Desarrollo y el Centro de Economa Martima de la Univ. Wilhelm Pieck (1988 : Rostock); Congreso Continental de Estudio; Congreso Latinamericano de Trabajadores; Continental Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean Region for Peace, National Sovereignty, and Economic Independence (1978 : Mexico City, Mexico); Continental Encounter Campaign, 500 Years of Indigenous, Black and Popular Resistance; Espacio de Laicos; Fe y Alegra. Asamblea General de Consulta (1a : 1978 : Panam); Consulta Latino-Americana sobre Empresas Transnacionales (1980 : Itaici, So Paulo, Brazil); Federacin Latinoamericana de Asociaciones de Familiares de Detenidos-Desaparecidos; Federacin Universal de Movimientos Estudiantiles Cristianos (FUMEC); First Summit of Indigenous Peoples (1993 : Chimaltenango, Guatemala); Human Rights Watch; Independent Liaison Centre; International Alliance of the Indigenous-Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests; International Labor Office, Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean; Joint Working Group for Refugees from Latin America; Labour Party (Great Britain) Executive Committee; Labour Party (Great Britain) Young Socialists; Leicester-Masaya Link-Group; MIEC-JECI (Per); North American Congress on Latin America; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Regional Office for Latin America; PRIES-Cono Sur (Organization : Buenos Aires, Argentina); Russell Tribunal on the Rights of the Indians of the Americas (4th : 1980 : Rotterdam, Netherlands); Secretariado Latinoamericano de Derechos Humanos (SELADEH); Segunda Reunin de Pueblos Indgenas (1993 : Oaxtepec, Morelos); Semana Latinoamericana del Detenido Desaparecido (4th : 1985 : Costa Rica); Seminario de filosofa, ideologa y poltica de la Indianidad (2nd : 1986 : Cosqun, Crdoba, Argentina;, Servicio Colombiano de Comunicacin Social; Servicio Paz y Justicia en America Latina; South American Missionary Society; United Nations Conference of Trade and Development (VI : 1983 : Belgrade); UNESCO; World Council of Churches; World University Service (UK).

Administrative / Biographical History

The materials held here cover a wide variety of popular movements and issues in recent Latin American history from both internal (in the form of publications by local pressure groups, oppositional parties and governments) and external perspectives (through the reports and bulletins of NGOs, international conferences and foreign political parties). Inevitably (given the military governments, revolutionary movements and increasingly dominant neo-liberal economic policies which have marked this era in the continent's history) major topics include human rights, poverty, economic sovereignty and the condition of indigenous peoples, whilst the role of the United States in the hemisphere is also considered. Another aspect unique to Latin America is the large amount of material originating from Christian groups, many seeking to 'exercise an option in favour of the poor' as promulgated by the II Vatican Council (1962-1965).


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Access Information

Open to all for research purposes; access is free for anyone in higher education.


Description compiled by Daniel Millum, Political Archives Project Officer at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the Institute for the Study of the Americas

Other Finding Aids

Records at item level on library catalogue (SASCAT)

Conditions Governing Use

Copies can usually be obtained - apply to library staff.

Custodial History

The majority of the materials held in the political archives of the Library of the Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA) originate from the Contemporary Archive on Latin America (CALA), a documentation and research centre on Latin America which donated its holdings to the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) upon its closure in 1981. In 2004 ILAS merged with the Institute of United States Studies (IUSS) to form ISA, which inherited the political archives. The core collection has continued since 1981 to be supplemented by further donations and by materials acquired through the visits of Institute staff and their contacts to the relevant countries.


Further accruals are expected

Related Material

See also Political Pamphlet material for specific countries in the region, as well as related material in the library's main classified sequence, all held in the ISA library.